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Researcher Profile: Other Research Identities


Some of the other more popular research identifiers are Google Scholar, Author ID from Scopus and Researcher ID from Web of Science.

Remember to check with your School, colleagues or professional bodies for their recommendations about preferred researcher profile platforms in your discipline..


Google Scholar

A Google Scholar profile can be set up by you, the author. The profile lists your publications and citations, and presents your h-index and i10-index.  There may be some inflation in the citation figures due to duplication and author misidentification. 

You will need a Google Account to create a Google Scholar Profile.  Profiles can be made public and therefore discoverable by other researchers and prospective employers. Profile owners can choose to have new 'matching' records automatically added to their Profile, or receive an email alert before new records are added (recommended).

Google Scholar automatically generates a persistent link for public profiles, that can be used by authors to promote their research.

Find out more about creating a Google Scholar Profile .

ResearcherID (Web of Science)

ResearcherID is a unique identifier for authors created by Thomson & Reuters owners of Web of Science ISI database.

When you register for ResearcherID, you will be assigned an individual number which will stay with you throughout your career, allowing you to easily track your publications and citation counts.

When publications are imported to your Researcher ID profile, they will be automatically matched against existing WoS data, and any citation counts will be displayed with the record.

Find out more about ResearcherID.

Author ID (Scopus)

A Scopus Author ID is generated when a record associated with that author is added to the Scopus database.  It allows Scopus to group together all of the articles by an author.  This is especially useful for authors with common names, eg., Smith, Mary or Chan, Lee.

Authors should verify that Scopus has linked publications to the correct Author ID. Authors can submit a request to Scopus asking them to make changes. 

Find out more about Scopus Author ID.

Further reading on Research Identities

Measuring your Research Impact. (2011). Calculating the h-index: Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar?

Utrect University Library. (2013). Researcher profiles, Research and impact visibility.

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